Memories of Last Year in Marienbad (Schlondorff, 2012): Cine Lumiere 8.30pm
Here is the introduction to tonight's event: Shot around Munich in 1960, Last Year in Marienbad soon became a
classic of the French New-Wave. Directed by Alain Resnais and written by
Alain Robbe-Grillet, it won the Golden Lion in Venice in 1961. Almost
50 years later in 2008, Olivier Corpet, director of IMEC (Institut
Mémoires de l’Edition Contemporaine) received unedited Super 8 material
shot by the actress Françoise Spira, a member of the cast of Marienbad
who died only a few years after the making of the film.
In possession of this rare treasure, Olivier Corpet and Bernard-Henri
Lévy remembered that Volker Schlöndorff was Resnais’ assistant on
Marienbad and proposed to him that he edit and comment on the archive
material. The result is this 50-minute documentary which reveals the
work that went into Resnais’ masterpiece.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with
Olivier Corpet, director of IMEC, German film critic Gerhard Midding and
curator and film-maker Adam Roberts.
If you can't make that event I can highly recommend another film in the Polanski season at BFI Southbank tonight:
Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.20pm
This film screens as part of the Roman Polanski season in January and February at BFI Southbank. The details are here.
Chicago Reader review:
'The treacherous-mate theme that has been a staple of “women's pictures” since Gaslight
gets its ultimate, most agonizing development in this 1968 story about a
young woman (Mia Farrow) who discovers her husband has sold her body
for use by a witches' coven. The horror is more clinical than
supernatural, as Polanski transforms Ira Levin's story into a metaphor
for the loss of identity induced by pregnancy. A very sophisticated,
very effective piece of work spun from primal images, with an excellent
cast that includes John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph
Bellamy, Maurice Evans, Patsy Kelly, and Elisha Cook Jr..'
Here is the trailer.